Jesus didn’t come and die just for those of us in America and Western
Europe. He died for the sins of the world. In America and most of Europe,
people have access to the Gospel if they own a radio, TV or have Internet
access. Most have access to at least a Bible in their own language.
Traveling around the world emphasizes the blessings and freedoms that
we enjoy in the Western World. Even though the Western World is far from
“Christianized,” it is evangelized (meaning that people in the Western
Europe and the Americas have ACCESS to the Gospel, if they want it).
Much of the prosperity enjoyed by the evangelized countries is a result of
industriousness and the Lord’s blessings in generations past, when our
forebears were responsive to the Gospel. No such history is found in the
developing and the third world countries, and the poverty and spiritual
bondage is evident.
It’s not only a material lack of freedom that is obvious where the Gospel
isn’t given free course, but it’s the spiritual poverty that compels us to reach
out with the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Millions are searching for
miracles and power in life- and, having no Gospel witness, they turn to the
forces of darkness and end up enslaved by demonic powers.
But, thank God, He is still saving people and setting them free! Wherever
the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, faith springs fourth in the heart of
the people and souls get saved! Jesus spent His earthly ministry going
down the highways and byways setting people free from the oppression of
false religions and the curses of the devil. And, He says, “as the Father
hath sent Me, so send I you!”
Our church has sent out and supports its missionaries faithfully. Whether
God is calling you to help with financial support, prayer or by
commissioning you to go- we are called to live our lives as missionaries
wherever we are.